Health Bits

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Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

      Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets. “I wouldn’t say a vegetarian diet is useless for preventing cardiovascular risk,” said study leader […]

6 Ways to Avoid Catching a Flu or Cold at Home

  Someone in your house has the flu or a cold, and everyone else is scared of catching it. Try these six strategies to stay healthy. Teach Good Coughing and Sneezing Habits Colds and flu are spread mostly by direct contact. When a sick person coughs or sneezes, virus droplets can travel 6 feet or […]

Hemoglobin A1c Testing for Diabetes

The hemoglobin A1c test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. It’s also called also called HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin. People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. It can tell if you need to adjust […]

Coffee’s Impact a Matter of Genes?

  Why can some people enjoy a cup of coffee just before bed and sleep peacefully, while others lie awake for hours? A new study suggests genes may hold the answer. “Each of us could be potentially responding to caffeine differently, and it’s possible that those differences can extend beyond that of caffeine,” said study […]

High Rate of Antidepressant Use After Cancer

  Treatment for depression and anxiety is nearly twice as common among U.S. cancer survivors as it is for those who never had the disease, a new study finds. Among more than 3,000 adult cancer survivors, 19 percent reported taking medication for anxiety, depression or both, researchers found. But when the research team looked at […]

Exercise May Help People With Memory Loss

    Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests. People who exercised showed some improvement on a test of thinking and memory skills compared with those who didn’t exercise, the Canadian researchers found. “We found that three times a week of moderate intense […]

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly

  When elderly adults suffer a fainting spell, a blood clot in the lungs may be the culprit more often than doctors have realized, a new study suggests. Italian researchers found that among 560 patients hospitalized for a first-time fainting episode, one in six had a pulmonary embolism — a potentially fatal blood clot in […]